In Killer Plot, the first in the Books By the Bay Mystery series, Ellery Adams introduces us to the delightful little town of Oyster Bay and some equally delightful characters. We meet main character Olivia Limoges, single, wealthy business owner who has recently returned to town. Up to now, Olivia has minded her own business and kept an aloof demeanor. Some of the townsfolk have taken this the wrong way and accused her of being unfriendly or stuck up. That proves to be not the case as Olivia steps up to the plate when it is called for. Having breakfast at the local diner one morning, Olivia is introduced to Cameron Ford who asks Olivia if a local group of writers can use her empty cottage for their writers group meetings. Cameron writes celebrity gossip and is in town from LA to do research for his book about the local controversial Talbot family. At the first meeting, Cameron does not show up but one of the other members remembers seeing him enter a seedy bar while he was driving to the meeting. When Cameron fails to show up, Olivia and the group, The Bayside Book Writers, track him down only to find him dead in an alley. The only clue: a poem left at the scene. Oh, ho, what do we have here? An erudite haiku writing murderer? Well, that should narrow it down. Unfortunately, it doesn't make it any easier especially after the second murder and another poem! Olivia puts the group to work to try and decipher the poem before there is another victim. This was a really fun little cozy with some terrific characters. Even though they were quite diverse, their common goal of writing and interest in mystery solving brought them together. The haiku clues stumped me but I loved the way it was all tied up at the end. This is a new series not to be missed! I really look forward to more adventures with the Bayside Book Writers. Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by the author, Ellery Adams. Thanks again, Ellery! Now for the giveaway. Ellery is generously allowing me to pick three winners to receive a copy of her new book and a "themed surprise". Hmmm, wonder what that is!
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